Blind, a Montrose veteran kayaks the Grand Canyon

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MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A Montrose veteran just got back home on Thursday from kayaking the Grand Canyon.

It’s a feat none-the-less, but Steve Baskis is blind. He was injured during a tour in Baghdad.

He went kayaking with a group called Team River Run, and he was part of the "vision team," a group of five kayakers who were all blind in some way. They were on a mission to prove what they can do, and they did--they kayaked more than 200 miles of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Steve and the others had guides to help him navigate through the tricky waters by making a trail with sound.

“My goal is to paddle behind that sound,” said Baskis. “It's almost a sound tunnel hitting your ears.”

Baskis said he trained for about two years to get ready for the trip. He will also get a new home in Montrose thanks to Homes For Our Troops, and will receive the keys at the end of September.



 
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